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NGI Zero - Privacy Enhancing Technologies

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Protecting privacy and enhancing trust: a new and improved internet is on the horizon

The European Commission is committed to a ‘next generation internet’ that is resilient, trustworthy and sustainable – core human values. This ambitious goal will require significant re-engineering of the current system. The EU-funded NGI0-PET project is here to help, funding revolutionary concepts by individual researchers and developers as well as small teams whose collective ideas will once again demonstrate that the whole is much more than the sum of its parts. With guidance and mentoring by world-renowned experts in relevant fields and close collaborations with national and international organisations, the project is laying the foundations for a next-generation internet that embodies the values we demand.


The NGI vision clearly identifies major social and economic challenges that need to be addressed urgently, and articulates a powerful vision for a new phase of the internet. It tries to create an Internet of Human Values, that is resilient, trustworthy and sustainable. The overall mission of the Next Generation Internet initiative is to re-imagine and re-engineer the Internet for the third millennium and beyond. We have an ambitious project in support of that vision that wants to have an actual real-world impact at the system level. We will provide an agile, effective and low-threshold funding mechanism to enable individual researchers and developers as well as small teams to research and develop important new ideas that contribute to the NGI. We build on decades of experience to make this very simple and user-friendly, to allow clueful and committed people to focus on delivering solutions to important problems. Unique to our project is that - built on this experience - we will provide a greenhouse environment for the projects and teams that are funded within NGI. We aim to complement the knowledge and skill set of the project proposers with world class domain experts in various fields, such as accessibility, engineering secure software, localisation, software license compliance, packaging, responsible disclosure, documentation, etc . We provide guidance and mentoring to tackle each of these topics. We have the support of (and are directly engaging with) the major constituencies in the internet area: the European association of research networks (GÉANT), the open source community (FSFE), the digital rights community (EDRi), the regional internet registry (RIPE), the hosting companies (ECO, DHPA), the internet exchanges (EURO-ix), the web standards community (W3C), embedded systems manufacturers for industry (OSADL), open hardware community (FOSSI), and more. Let’s together re-invent Internet to reach the full human potential, for all generations.

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Net EU contribution
€ 6 203 134,23
1098XH Amsterdam

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West-Nederland Noord-Holland Groot-Amsterdam
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€ 6 203 134,23

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